New York City, Haiti, President Francois Duvalier discussed on Latino USA
Roland Sylvain was born in Haiti, , though by the time of his birth in Nineteen, , seventy, , eight, , most of his family had one foot. . My grandfather actually was the one that started it. . He had issues in Haiti for political reasons things like that. . His grandfather's problems started during the brutal dictatorship of President Francois Duvalier who's usually known as Papa doc hopper allowed no political dissent while he ruled the mortality rate of political prisoners reportedly was the worst in the world he and his son known as baby talk ruled over Haiti from the late. Nineteen . fifties till the made one, , thousand, , nine, , hundred, , eighty s for the first time in nearly thirty years of Duvalier, , dictatorships Haitians are talking openly about overthrowing their leader ruling doesn't know exactly what went wrong. . But by the time he was born, , his grandfather was building a new life for himself in New York City. . He was one of tens of thousands of Haitians who came to the US around that time. . have been fleeing their island claiming to be refugees from political repression within a few years rowlands grandfather got settled and was able to bring the rest of his family to New York legally. . and. . So in December of one, , thousand, , nine, hundred, , , eighty, , five, , little seven year old role in boarded a plane in shorts and a tee shirt and flew to John F. Kennedy airport in New York City. . And given the time of the year New York. . City was a little bit of shock. . Possible world where was that freezing? ? But then a bunch of his relatives pulled up in a really big van and had a run at one of the stores inside the airport and get us coats may bundle them up and welcomed rolling to America. . From the moment he arrived in the US. . Roland was a legal permanent resident and his life became very American very quickly after a couple of years living in Brooklyn, , his parents moved him and his siblings to the New Jersey suburbs Roland finished high school and got a job at a chemical plant became the manager there everybody loved me because I was the youngest guy a job. . He started making good money. . Then after nine eleven he got laid off for a while which someone else might have seen as a glass half empty kind of situation. . But Roland he saw freedom. . Just had fun I had my four one k. that was loaded sides. . I took the 401k he took off on the road kept going back to Montreal Miami Atlanta well. . Texas. . I. . Did Texas a few Tom I was teenager. . Enjoying myself and it was on one of these trips that Roland got pulled over for speeding. . This traffic stop and the events that followed would lead role in story to collide a few years. . Later with another man's a teenager whose unusual journey through the United States immigration system has derailed tens of thousands of people's lives. . We're going to tell you both of their stories because the trouble rolling got into is still haunting him now. . It's threatening almost everything he assumed to be true about his life and he isn't the only one. .